i used to work inthe motor trade, when garages were dank dirty places, before they became clean and bright, cars had points, and abs did not exist, the only chip in the car, was the one dropped from the chippy.
if a bloke had a few tools , you could mend it on the driveway if you had a haynes manual, or knew a mate who could.
good tools cost a fortune, that snapon rollcab full of tools , could be £10 grand ,plus the laptop and software that you need these days.
the rent on a space , that the goverment dictate to you , that you CAN do that there mate.
your social that will be top wack if self employed and all that red tape that goes with being self employed.
you will also be a unpaid tax collector(gst).
however the main dealer price in my eye is totally over the top(but this is life enriching jersey, we are all loadded) if i cant fix it myself it will be the smaller place or one man band who will see mycash.
if people choose to buy the latest and greatest, that is thier choice, if you cant get ten years out of a motor these days (regular oil change) there is something wrong.
i will never buy a new car and most of mine have had 40,000 plus onthe clock when purchased.
and expect 100,000 plus on the clock at the end.